Belgium

This category covers questions about Belgium, officially known as the Kingdom of Belgium. In 1830, Belgium revolted against the United Kingdom of the Netherlands and declared independence. The capital city of Belgium is Brussels.

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Quelle est la capitale de la Belgique?

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Bruxelles est la capitale de la Belgique.
Asked in Geography, Belgium, Mountains

How many mountains does Belgium have?

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This is a list of all the hills and mountains in Belgium: Signal DE Botrange (694 m) Baraque Michel (674 m) Baraque DE Fraiture (652 m) Mont-Rigi (610 m) Massif DE Saint-Hubert (589 m) plateau DE Recogne-Bastogne (569m) Côte DE Stockeu (506 m) Croix Scaille (505 m) Vaalserberg (323 m) Kemmelberg (159 m) Pottelberg (157 m) Mont st-Aubert (149 m) Kluisberg (141 m) Pellenberg (106 m) Koppenberg (77 m) Beerzelberg (52 m) Wolvenberg (51 m) Hoge Blekker (35 m) These probably are the Dutch names.
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What is Belgium's national dish?

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Mussels and chips with mayonnaise. Its not disgusting/ weird its just different.
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How long does it take to drive across belgium?

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from north to south 4 hours
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What languages are spoken in Belgium?

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There are 3 official languages in Belgium: Dutch, French and German. Dutch is spoken by 60% of the people, living in the Northern Flemish region. French is spoken by 40% of the people, living in the Southern Walloon region. German is spoken in a small part in Eastern Wallonia. Most people speak at least one foreign language since everyone learns the second major language on school from (at least) the age of 10. German is spoken by less than 1% of the Belgians, living in a small eastern region. Most people of the German speaking region speak both other languages as well. Also a lot of people speak English. Learning languages as German and Spanish is also popular among the general population. In the Flemish region, Dutch is the only official language. In the Wallon region, French is the only official language. The Brussels Capital Region is official bi-lingual French/Flemish. There is also a part of people who speak no one of the official languages. Most of them are the first generation of immigrants. Most languages in this category are Turkish, Arabic and Italian. Flemish, Vallon, German, Portuguese Yes, and nowhere else. Half the country, of course, speaks French. Don't try speaking French in the Flemish half, though; they resent it and prefer English. The official langauges of Belgium are French, Dutch and German. Some do, but it's mostly French and Dutch. There are 3 official languages in Belgium: Dutch, French and German. Dutch is spoken by +-60% of the people, living in the Northern Flemish region. French is spoken by +- 40% of the people, living in the Southern Walloon region. German is spoken by less than 1% of the Belgians, living in a small eastern region. Most people speak at least one foreign language since everyone learns the second major language on school from (at least) the age of 10. Most people of the German speaking region speak both other languages. Also a lot of people speak English. Learning languages as German and Spanish is also popular. In the Flemish region, Dutch is the only official language. In the Wallon region, French is the only official language. The Brussels Capital Region is official bi-lingual French/Dutch. There is also a part of people who speak no one of the official languages. Most of them are the first generation of immigrants. Most languages in this category are Turkish, Arab and Italian. North = Flanders: Speaks Dutch South = Wallonia: Speaks French East= Oostkantons: Speaks German belgiumanic its true look it up dumbo Either Flemish which is very similar to dutch, or French with an accent. Yes it is their national language. We have three official languages: Dutch (in Flanders), French (in Wallonia) and German. Though, German isn't used very much. they speak dutch Belgium has no single national language. There are 3 official languages in Belgium: Dutch, French and German. (The dialect of Dutch spoken in Belgium is called Flemish). Dutch is spoken by 60% of the people, living in the Northern Flemish region. French is spoken by 40% of the people, living in the Southern Walloon region. German is spoken by less than 1% of the Belgians, living in a small eastern region. The official language in Flanders is called Dutch. Theoretically this is the same language as in the Netherlands, but belgians have a totally different accent. You could say that people of Flanders people speak Flemish and inhabitants of the Netherlans speah 'Hollands'(that's how we call it in Belgium). Wallonia is the French part of Belgium where they speak French with some little differences in words and accents. (French people won't have trouble communicating with people of Wallonia). And then there is also a minortity of less than 1% who speak German, but it is not necessary to know this language when you would visit Belgium as this is just 1% of the inhabitants. Ending this answer i'd like to make clear that Fanders is the North part of Belgium an Wallonia is the south part. Knowing that Belgium is divided this way it probably seems a lot more logicall that the Belgium government has a lot of trouble satisfying everyone in their country... Belgium has three official languages: Dutch, French and German. there are two main languages spoken in Belgium : French and Flemish, which is a dialect of Dutch. There is also a tiny part of the country bordering Germany, which is Germnke3y hurrbgbbbzlkbzdban-speaking.gay hd Dutch and French. There are three official languages Dutch, French, and German Yes Dutch and French In Belgium there are three official languages, Dutch (Flemish), French (Walloon) and German. There are 10.500.000 inhabitants. About 6.000.000 speak Dutch (Flemish) and about 4.000.000 speak French. In school every inhabitant gets language lessons from the age of 10 years. From the age of 13 they also get English. flemish (about 60% of Belgium, the other 40% speak French as their mother tongue) Dutch (which is called "Flemish" in Belgium). Although there are three official languages in Belgium (French, Dutch and German), the one spoken most often, by about 60% of the population, is Flemish, which is the local variety of Dutch. Dutch, French and German are official languages in Belgium. Dutch is the most widely used (about 60%) French and Flemish (a dialect of Dutch). There are three official languages in Belgium, French, Flemish and German Belgium (i/ˈbɛldʒəm/ BEL-jəm), officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a federal monarchy in Western Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts the EU's headquarters as well as those of several other major international organisations such as NATO.[nb 1] Belgium covers an area of 30,528 square kilometres (11,787 sq mi), and it has a population of about 11 million people. Straddling the cultural boundary between Germanic and Latin Europe, Belgium is home to two main linguistic groups, the Dutch-speakers (about 60%), mostly Flemish, and the French-speakers (about 40%), mostly Walloons, plus a small group of German-speakers. Belgium's two largest regions are the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders in the north and the French-speaking southern region of Wallonia. The Brussels-Capital Region, officially bilingual, is a mostly French-speaking enclave within the Flemish Region.[6] A German-speaking Community exists in eastern Wallonia.[7] Belgium's linguistic diversity and related political conflicts are reflected in the political history and a complex system of government.[8][9] French and Flemish Flemish There are three official languages: Dutch, French and German. 1. Dutch (59%) 2. French (40%) 3. German (less than 1%) Belgium has three official languages Dutch (often colloquially referred to as "Flemish") 59% of the population, French (Wallon), spoken by 40% of Belgians, and German (less than 1%) The Dutch-speaking area is mainly the North, the French-speaking the South, the German-speaking minority living close to Germany, East of the Wallon region. The capital region near Brussels is officially bilingual (Dutch / French) Belgium has 3 official languages: Dutch, French, and German. Dutch in Belgium is sometimes called Flemish, and is spoken by about 60% of the population as their primary language. French is spoken as a first language by about 40%, and German by less than 1%. However, there are several unofficial languages spoken by small percentages of the population as well. Walloon used to be the traditional language of southern Belgium in places where French is now spoken today. Picard, Champenois, Lorrain, and Low Dietsch are also small indigenous languages. Yiddish is spoken by the approx. 20,000 Orthodox Jews in Antwerp (a city in Belgium). English is also widespread, but spoken almost exclusively between foreigners or between Belgians who have a different native language (e.g. when a Flemish-speaker and a French-speaker meet). There actually are three official languages in Belgium: Dutch, French and german. But Dutch and French are the major languages. The official languages are Dutch (in Flanders and the Brussels region), French (in Wallonia and the Brussels region), and German (in an area of 854 km² on the German border). Dutch is the first language of around 60% of the population, French of around 40%, while German is the first language of less than 1% of Belgians. Belgian, Dutch (Flemish dialect) and German. Dutch is spoken mostly in the regions close to the Netherlands, such as Limburg, and French is spoken in the regions close to France, such as Liège. German is restricted to a rather small area around Eupen, close to Aachen, Germany. Brussels is an exceptional case. It is technically a billingual city, but in practice most residents speak French, making it a francophone island surrounded by Dutch-speaking regions. Dutch, French and German are all official languages. They speak Dutch, French, and German The official languages of Belgium are Dutch, French, and German. French, Flemish (Dutch) and German They speak Flemish, French and German. They speak Dutch, French and German Belgium has three official languages. These are French, Dutch and German. French are commonly used in Brussels, Dutch is used in the northern part of Belgium and German mostly used the people near the German border. In Belgium they speak Flemish, French and German. Dutch & French. It depends where you are and who you talk to. Official languages of Belgium are French, Dutch and German. Flemish, the local variant of Dutch, is used by many people in the north. I could get by there, as I speak Afrikaans, which is loosely similar to Flemish. Walloon is used in the south,- some variety of French they speak dutch The Belgians speak French and Flemish, which is a dialect of Dutch. There are three langages spoken in Belgium, Dutch, French and German.
Asked in Languages and Cultures, Belgium

What are the official religions in Belgium?

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Belgium is a predominantly secular country, and it has no official religion. There is a strong influence from the Roman Catholic church, and many other religions are also practiced.
Asked in Citizenship and Marriage, Immigration, Belgium

Can an illegal immigrant get married in belgium?

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In theory yes I think. In reality it will be refused because there will be an investigation if it is a real marriage of love or a marriage to get papers.
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Belgian cities on the river scheldt?

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The most important one is of course Antwerp (or Antwerpen in Dutch). It is one of the bigger harbours in Europe. It is the latest Belgian city on the Scheldt, from there on it flows further in The Netherlands, where it is big enough for the biggest sea-ships. Second one (and for me the most beautiful one) is Ghent (Gent). Some others are Tournai, Oudenaarde, Dendermonde. Try Hoboken
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What were other important dates in Belgium?

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Other then what? Anyway... 1384, 1482, 1555, 1609, 1714, 1790, 1793, 1795, 1815, 1830, 1831, 1839, 1880, 1909, 1914, 1918, 1925, 1934, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1945, 1960, 1962, 1970, 1980, 1988-'89 1384: the Low Countries (Belgium (+Artois and Picardie), the Netherlands, Luxemburg) are united under one crown for the first time, what we call now Flanders and Wallonia have been in one nation ever since. 1482: Mary of Burgundy falls of her horse without heir, she is however married with Maximillian of Habsburg of Austria. 1555: Charles V units the Low Countries (Belgium (+Artois and Picardie), the Netherlands, Luxemburg, the Holy Roman Empire, Spain and the original Habsburg empire. 1609: End of the 12-years truce, it is also the end of the first de facto Belgian independence. 1714: end of the War or Spanish succession, Belgium becomes part of the Austrian Empire. 1790: Due to, for the Belgian establishment, unacceptable, liberal reforms, Belgium that has been silent for centuries, erupts in revolution and drives the Austrian Army back into Luxembourg, where the Austrians hold the citadel. The United Belgian States are founded. The experiment fails the same year. 1793: start of the Industrial revolution in Belgium, the second nation in the world. Belgium does so by attracting engineers from the UK and by smuggling steam engines out of the UK. 1795: France invades the Austrian-Netherlands, once they are repulsed but the second time Austro-Belgian troops are overwhelmed. 1815 Belgium and the Netherlands form the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. In France Napoleon is back and he reasons that if he wants to rise up again he needs the Belgian industry, leading his troops into Belgium. Allied troops and French armies clash at Waterloo. 1830: initially all went well with the United kingdom of the Netherlands (UKN). But in 1820 Belgian industrials want a more liberal government and more freedom to run their businesses. Belgian catholics are discontented by the Protestant King and the Francophone elites are discontented by the advantages Dutch gets over their language: French. In 1830 the bomb bursts and the Dutch are not able to contain the rebellion. The Army and Schutterij only work in parts of the North. In Brussels and Leuven as well as in Namur and Liege the rebels are the boss. the Brabantian Flag, with the same colours as in 1790 becomes the symbol of the revolt. Mass desertion of Belgian soldiers in the Dutch army make that army collapse. At that time both Flanders and Antwerp are the only provinces still in hands of the Dutch. When Dutch soldiers are not able to gain Brussels back the bomb bursts even more and spreads all over Belgium and Luxembourg and the whole of Limburg. Luxembourg was part of the German Confederation and the citadel where the Austrians retreated in was then occupied by Prussian troops. A Belgian invasion to gain access to the Schelde in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen fails. In Limburg and Luxembourg the situation is similar the entire territory is in Belgian hands except the capital. 1831: The Belgian Army is laying siege to the Antwerpian citadel and to Maastricht. The Belgian Army is thus devised in two parts, when the Dutch invade, not to capture Belgium but to weaken it's diplomatic situation severely. The Dutch invade in meet only sporadic Belgian defenses. The Maastricht army leaves and attacks the Dutch routing an important part, but fails to use the advantage. Whether the Belgian general was plain stupid, scared or bribed we don't know, but his actions give the Dutch the possibility to rout the Belgian Army, which they do. When French troops enter Belgium a quick peace is concluded, the Dutch may march in triomf through Leuven and the get the hell out of Belgium. Also King Leopold II of the Belgians ascend to the throne. 1839: the Dutch accept the protocol: half Limburg and Luxembourg are ceded to the Netherlands and both become part of the German Confederation. For the Limburgians and Luxembourgians this is a serious disappointed. 1880: King Leopold II finally gets his colony, even though the Belgian government, nor the public opinion are in favour, let alone care about having a colony. Until the Rubber Rush the King won't make any profits, spend all his money on borrow money from the Belgian State, and ultimately consider giving the colony to Belgium who readies herself already, but without enthusiasm. 1909, the world and Belgium think it has been enough, some parts of the Congo have suffered severely. Giving large parts of the colony away to companies was not a good idea. Belgium takes the colony over, even though the rubber rush is over. 1914: start of WWI Belgium is the first nation to feel what is coming for the next couple of years, from her best friend and ally: Germany. The decision to fight back according the treaties of 1839 and in the hope France's army is stronger then Germany's, is quickly taken. 1918 The Belgian army has had 4 years to train and re-equip making it one of the more efficient armies on the western front, 1/3 of all Belgian casualties fall during the last offensive which leads the Belgian army to the gates of Ghent before a cease-fire is signed. 1925: Belgium get's it's repayment: Eupen and Malmedy. 1934: death of the Soldier-King Albert I, there are doubts if it was an accident or murder. But an accident is more likely. 1936: Belgium breaks with everybody and re-institutes neutrality. Also 25% of Belgium's national budget is spend on the army. 1940: Hitler has been proven unsure: he is afraid of the Belgian Army (that it will make his plans fail, like it did in 1914). He estimates the German Army will need 1 million soldiers to beat the 600 000 Belgians. The Allied camp is not so allied. The Belgians want to cooperate, but the British don't want to talk to the Belgians. In the Ardennes small Belgian squads destroy bridges, tunnels and roads. These squads are defended by small contingent of elite troops (varying from 50 to 300 men) that are able to stop the German troops for hours. Many German documents about these events have been burned by the Germans because they were ashamed that so little could stop so many for hours or even a day. Nor could the Germans infiltrate deeply in the Ardennes. But the French and Belgian troops did not know what the other did, so there was no organised defense. The Fortress Eben-Emael part of the Delaying Line in front of the first line of defense fell after one day, two day to early for the Belgian HQ. Unable to destroy all bridges over the Albert Canal the Belgians had to retreat very quickly. 1944: Belgium is liberated. 1945: the Belgian miracle is completer up and running. The Belgian economy is the first to stand up after the war, without help from the Marchall plan. 1960: Independence of the Congo 1962: Independence of Rwanda-Urundi 1970: The unitary parties fell apart, after that the Unitary State fell apart. (Even though there are some unitary parties left in Belgium) 1980: Federalization of Belgium 1988-'89: More reforms... Etc...
Asked in Belgium, Netherlands

What is the continent on which the Netherlands and Belgium are located?

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The Netherlands and Belgium are countries that can be found on the European Continent.
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Is Luxembourg part of Belgium?

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No. They are two independent and neighbouring countries.
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What is the absolute location of Brussels Belgium?

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50 degrees 50 minutes 48 seconds N 4 degrees 21 minutes 9 seconds E
Asked in Business & Finance, History of Europe, Belgium, London

What name is given to a member of Lloyd's of London who commits capital to syndicates but has no control over business?

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'NAME' SOUNDS STRANGE I KNOW BUT TEAMS UP WITH 'SAKE' FROM THE HERCULIS CROSSWORD. FOUND ON LLOYD'S OF LONDON WEBSITE
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Who was King Leopold II?

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# Leopold II or Leopold Lodewijk Filips Maria Victor (Dutch) (April 9, 1835December 17, 1909) was King of the Belgians. Born the second (but eldest surviving) son of Leopold I, he succeeded his father to the throne in 1865 and remained king until his death. He was the brother of Empress Carlota of Mexico and first cousin to Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. Outside Belgium, he is chiefly remembered as the founder and sole owner of the Congo Free State, a private project undertaken by the King. The extraction of rubber and ivory in the Congo relied on forced labour and resulted in the deaths of millions of Congolese. # The regime of the Congo Free State became one of the more infamous international scandals of the turn of the century. The famous 1904 report by the British Consul Roger Casement led to the arrest and punishment of white officials who had been responsible for cold-blooded killings during a rubber-collecting expedition in 1903 (including one Belgian national for causing the shooting of at least 122 Congolese people). # Estimates of the total death toll vary considerably. As the first census did not take place until 1924, it is difficult to quantify the population loss of the period. Casement's report set it at three million, ascribing the depopulation to four main causes: indiscriminate war, starvation, reduction of births, and tropical diseases. Of those deaths, 40% are believed to have occurred after 1900.
Asked in Belgium, Brussels

Does Brussels have a Red Light District?

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Yes, Brussels does have a red light district very similar to Amsterdam in appearance located one block north of Brussels Nord train station. It only encompasses one long street, as opposed to Amsterdam's labrynth of alleys and canals filled with windowgirls. A standard 'session' costs €40 in Brussels, compared to €50 in Amsterdam.
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Why was the atomium built?

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because Belgium wanted to promote peace
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What are the capital resources of Belgium?

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engineering and metal products, motor vehicle assembly, transportation equipment, scientific instruments, processed food and beverages, chemicals, basic metals, textiles, glass, petroleum . Just kidding.
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What is the capital of Belgium?

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The capital of Belgium is Brussels. In French, it is Bruxelles; in Flemish, it is Brussel.
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What does it mean that all citizens of Belgium are compelled by law to vote?

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From the age of 18 on in Belgium, citizens have to vote. Compelled by law means that individuals have no choice except to show up and vote (for someone on the ballot).
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What is Belgium's national flower?

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Belgium does not have a national flower, foreigners commonly say the poppy and the Lilly-of-the-valley are the Belgian national flowers but that's a misconception. It's not because in Flanders Fields states Flanders poppies, but they are considered weeds, and there is a tradition to give Lilly-of-the-valley's to women in may that that makes these flowers the national flowers.
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How long is the flight from Greece to Belgium?

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The flight times varies according to the speed of the flight. If the flight is flying at a faster speed then the times may change. We are providing you with standard flight timings. The flight time for the above mentioned trip is.3hours 25mins

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